Michael Kauffmann

Professor Emeritus Claus Michael Kauffmann (born 5 February 1931)[1] was Director of the Courtauld Institute, London, from 1985–95.[2] He was succeeded by Eric Fernie. Kauffmann is a Fellow of the British Academy.[3]

Kauffmann was educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and St Paul's School, London, before matriculating at Merton College, Oxford in 1950, where he read History. After graduation he took up a Junior Research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute, completing his PhD in the History of Art in 1957. He then held posts at the Warburg Institute, Manchester City Art Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.[4]

Kauffmann married Dorothea Hill in 1954.[4]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • The Baths of Pozzuoli. A study of the medieval illuminations of Peter of Eboli's poem, Bruno Cassirer, Oxford, 1959.
  • The Legend of St. Ursula. [A survey based on the painting “The Martyrdom of St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins” in the Victoria and Albert Museum and other works. With reproductions.], Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1964.
  • The Barbizon school, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1965.
  • Paintings at Apsley House, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1965.
  • An altar-piece of the Apocalypse from Master Bertram's Workshop in Hamburg, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1968.
  • Romanesque MSS 1066-1190, Harvey Miller, London, 1975.
  • Paintings, water-colours and miniatures, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1978. ISBN 0905209109
  • John Varley: 1778-1842, Batsford in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984. ISBN 0713434023
  • Biblical imagery in medieval England 700-1550, Harvey Miller Publishers, London, 2002. ISBN 1872501044


  1. ^ ‘KAUFFMANN, Prof. C. Michael’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 28 April 2013
  2. ^ A History of the Courtauld The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. Archived here.
  3. ^ British Academy Fellows Record for: KAUFFMANN, Professor Michael. British Academy, 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. Archived here.
  4. ^ a b Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900–1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. pp. 414–5.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Lasko
Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art
1985 to 1995
Succeeded by
Eric Fernie